Hiding in The Flag

Washington has more important things to do than posture about Old Glory

A foundering tanker spews oil off the Texas coast while Congress dithers over a bill to create rapid-response cleanup teams. Even the President admits the need for a budget-and-tax compromise, but a heralded bipartisan summit has so far failed to produce even an agreement on how large the federal deficit really is. Flagrant political scandals -- most notably, craven sellouts by lawmakers to the savings and loan industry -- raise new calls for campaign reforms, but the effort is going nowhere. The decline of the nation's schools produces gusts of rhetoric but not one serious education reform.

Suddenly, however, the President...

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